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Stray kayak prompts water rescue response


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A water rescue operation in Holland involved Ottawa County deputies and the Coast Guard.

They got a call around 6:20 Tuesday evening about a tipped-over kayak near Holland State Park. Authorities mobilized at the Kollen Park boat launch. They say a good Samaritan in an inflatable boat helped them search until they could get the Coast Guard boat out to the scene.

They looked for a boater in the water for about an hour. After they didn't find anyone and had no reports of anyone missing, investigators say it's likely the kayak wasn't tied up properly and floated away.

Ottawa County deputies said it's important to put contact information on your kayak in case it should drift off, so that in any similar situation they could check on you. You can also register them through the Secretary of State.


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Zeeland car show features hundreds of classic cars


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you are into classic cars, downtown Zeeland is the place to be this weekend. Organizers are gearing up for 22nd annual Show and Shine Car Show.

"It is not an event with a lot of flash. It is about seeing people who come down each year and talk about the memories and to see how the downtown has grown," said Casey Dunwoodie, director of events for Zeeland Festivals. "It is about looking at these incredible cars and see the passion of people who work on it."

More than 200 cars, mostly classic, will line Main Street.

"People line all down main street to watch the cars come by during the cruise," said Dunwoodie. "Then they come down to see the cars up close and personal during the car show."

The cars may be the stars during the show and cruise but the people can participate in several other activities during the events.

"21 Quilt Show" in Grand Haven, July 24th and July 25th

"21 Quilt Show" in Grand Haven, July 24th and July 25th

The Lighthouse Quilt Guild of Grand Haven will be hosting the “21 Quilt Show” in conjunction with the upcoming Coast Guard Festival. The quilts will be displayed from 10am – 5pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand Haven, MI. Everyone is welcome.

What a great opportunity to see the many beautifully quilts displayed.

Admission is $6.00

Holland Secretary of State Office Closed for 1 Day, July 14th

Holland Secretary of State Office Closed for 1 Day, July 14th

Minor remodeling at the Secretary of State Office in Holland, MI means the office will be closed for one day, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The office, located at 587 E. Eighth St. in Holland, will resume normal hours at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 15th.

The project involves moving the Self-Service Station and changing counters to improve the flow of customers. Ruth Johnson, Secretary of State, says, “This is part of our commitment to continuously improve our service and the experience of customers who visit an office.” “Area residents can do many transactions on line also at ExpressSOS.com, but when they do visit our place of business, we want them to have the best experience possible.”

The closest Secretary of States Offices to Holland are Grand Haven, Hudsonville and Allegan.

To find additional information on offices, please go to www.michigan.gov/sos. You can also call 1-888-767-6424.

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Crews working to contain barn fire in Holland Twp.


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Fire fighters battled flames at a barn fire just north of Holland on Saturday evening.

The fire started around 5:30 p.m. on 112th Avenue, just South of New Holland Street.

Early reports are that a cow was trapped inside the barn when the fire started. No word yet if the animal made it out safely.

Tunnel Park fire deemed suspicious


PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is calling the fire at Tunnel Park suspicious.

Crews worked Friday morning to put out the blaze that burned the observation deck, stairs and dune grass nearby.

A charter boat called 911 around 6:15 a.m. after spotting the flames on shore at the park on Lakeshore Drive, north of Holland. Park Township firefighters responded to the call.

At this time, it is unclear whether the structure burned first, or the grass. Investigators say the fire likely started near the top of the stairs.

The beach is open and accessible from the tunnel entrance.

Repairs are expected to begin next month.

Holland man seriously hurt; hit & run driver sought


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police in Holland are looking for the driver of a car involved in a hit and run Thursday morning. It happened on 48th Ave. just north of Regent Blvd.

Police say the car seriously injured a 46-year-old man walking to work.

About an hour later firefighters responded to a car fire near the 200 block of Norcrest Place. Witnesses told police they saw three people run from the vehicle before it caught fire.

Investigators think the two incidents are connected and ask anyone with information to call the Ottawa County Silent Observer at 1 (877) 88-SILENT.